Michelle is a strategic thinker with a passion for learning and innovation, constantly seeking to deliver sustainable outcomes for her clients. Over the course of her 30-year career she has developed deep connections and experience across a wide range of organisations in sport and major events, and recently in the tourism sector.
Michelle has an appreciation of sport and event strategy at all levels from grass roots to the international stage. Her major event expertise originated at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and 21 years later she is still heavily embedded in the International mega events industry, recently seconded to work with the IOC at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Michelle is recommended for her highly developed knowledge and skills in major events, bidding and operational planning. She has led and delivered several successful bids to bring major international events to cities and nations, including the recent successful management of the ICC T20 World Cup 2028 bid for Australia and New Zealand and the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 bid for Australia. Throughout her career Michelle has led operational master planning and strategic projects for organising committees, sporting organisations, Olympic Committee’s and Government with specialism in bidding, governance and risk, sustainability and operational planning.
Prior to MIGP, Michelle was responsible for identifying and securing major events for Visit Victoria, leading the strategic integration of cycling events to drive Victoria’s Summer of Cycling strategy and develop Victoria’s Regional Events strategy. Intricately involved in a number of high profile global projects, she developed and led the venue selection process across 14 host cities in Australia and New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and went on to lead integrated planning and delivery for the event. Other roles have included Chief Operations Officer for World Youth Day 2008 Melbourne Office, CEO of the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games and senior roles within the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games Organising Committee’s.
Michelle is an active member of VicSport, a mentor for Women Sport Australia’s professional development program and President of the Mordialloc Surf Life Saving Club along with being a busy mother of twins.